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Huchuy Qosqo Day Hike

Huchuy Qosqo Day Hike

Huchuy Qosqo was a town located at more than 3,550 m.s. on a small plateau at the top of a mountain. From here you can take beautiful views of the other side of the valley, it is possible to appreciate snow-capped mountains of exuberant beauty such as the snow-capped Pitusiray and at the bottom of this privileged view, the town of Calca.

It is known by the chroniclers that it was the Inca Wiracocha who ordered the construction of the city of Huchuy Qosqo; it is said that in his old age, he felt tired and wished to leave the government and move away from the movement of the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo empire (Cusco) and seek peace and tranquility in this place; it is built on a territory occupied by several human settlements, over time, these would be dominated and incorporated into the empire of the Incas. One of these settlements must have been on Huchuy Qosqo. The structures also have an architectural distribution similar to Cusco, so it has been called Huchuy Qosqo or small Cusco at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A characteristic of this architectural ensemble is the use of lithic material in combination with adobe and mud, as it demonstrates the knowledge and mastery of the construction materials used with high technology, especially adobe; the exposed walls constructed with this noble material, still defy the strong climatic inclemencies, the telluric movements and the inevitable passage of time

Quick Itinerary:

5:30 Pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Chinchero where you will appreciate the Archeological Complex of Chinchero and a living height of the Andean textile

7:00 Reach the Community of Tauca where you will appreciate the lagoon of Piuray

7:30 Start our walk until we reach the first Abra de Pucajasa (4,100 masl) for 10 minutes

7:40 Descend in approximately 1 hour 50 to the Archaeological Complex of Huchuy Qosqo

9:30 Visit to the Archaeological Complex for two hours of visit.

11:30 Continue our walk of a descent with a spectacular view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the district of Lamay for 1 hour and 30 minutes

13:00 Return to the city of Cusco in our transport for 45 minutes.


Useful Information

Distance to travel: 14 km

Walking Time: From 7 to 8 hours including rest and stop for lunch.

Maximum Height: 4,393 meters above sea level

Difficulty: Moderate and with drops

Temperature: cold, with winds in the afternoon


Full Day Tour

Pick up from your hotel and go to our starting point, the Piuray lagoon, located near the town of Chinchero. We start our walk early in the morning so we can appreciate the sunlight falling on the snowy 'Veronica' and the whole Vilcabamba mountain range.

Our trek will be ascending at the beginning and then descending towards the high plateau, with impressive views of the snow-capped mountains on our way to the archaeological site of Huchuyqosqo. This place was a palace in Inca time, it has large structures made of stone and adobe built on the top of the mountain, with the sky as background and streams on both sides.

After a short rest under the shade of the trees of Queñua (Andean oak) and enjoying our lunch, we will continue our walk through the open field and then zigzag downhill on one side of the mountain. Our transport awaits us in the town of Lamay to take us back to Cusco. During this walk, we will not meet other tourists, only with farmers working their land and their children playing freely around. If you want to experience the true Andean culture, this tour is the ideal one.



  • Transport from Cusco to Tauca.
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Box lunch.
  • Entrance to Huchuy Qosqo.
  • Tourist transport from Lamay to Cusco.

Not Included

  • Extra food
  • Optional tips for field staff.
  • Extra expenses.
  • Evacuation expenses.

Packing List

  • Hiking shoes resistant to water.
  • Light clothes for walking.
  • Polar jacket.
  • Waterproof clothing.
  • Water (2 liters minimum).
  • Hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Walking sticks
  • Personal snacks

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Huchuy Qosqo Day Hike

Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

The trek is considered moderately difficult, long. We recommend you should be in relatively good physical condition, in addition to acclimatize. Therefore, we suggest you arrive in Cusco at least 02 days before your departure from the trek to adapt to the altitude. During the two months prior to your walk we suggest a regular and moderate routine to improve endurance. We want you to have the best possible experience!


I have a food allergy. Can I still participate?

Of course, just inform us in detail your allergic condition at the time of making your reservation, as well as the severity of your reaction and any medication you take in case of emergency.

If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or conscientious person and totally responsible for your situation and ready with any medication.


When should I arrive in Cusco?

We require that all clients arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of their trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. You must pay your remaining balance a day before your departure for your trip. This will also ensure that you can acclimatize to the altitude to start your hike comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash during the briefing.


Are the walking sticks necessary?

For this walk, we recommend the walking sticks, especially for people with knee problems. The trail is full of steep and steep climbs, narrow Inkas stairs. These will help in your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.


Where can I keep my luggage that I do not need to take to the walk?

Any luggage that is not necessary for your walk can be stored at your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). In the event that your hotel does not offer this service, we will store your luggage safely in our office.


What is the best date to take a walk?

The best time to take a walk in good weather is between the months of April - October, since we have the presence of clear skies and, on a smaller scale, fluvial rainfall.

The driest months are between June - August, which is winter in the Andes.

From January to March is summer in Peru, which means the rainy season for Cusco and especially the Inka Trail.


I want to have a different train option than the one that Tierras Vivas offers, is this possible?

If you wish to change your company or train route (Vistadome from Peru Rail, Ollantaytambo or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional charges may apply. You should talk to one of our team to ask about availability and additional costs.


Huchuy Qosqo Trek

The archaeological complex of Huchuy Qosqo Peru is of great importance for the ancient Inca empire that is located at 3400 meters above sea level. From this point we will have a beautiful panoramic view towards the other side of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, from the top of this mountain we will appreciate the incomparable beauty of the snowy Chicon and Pitusiray, at the bottom of this panorama the town of calca is appreciated. the chroniclers indicate that it was the God Wiracocha who had founded the archaeological complex of Huchuy Qosqo on the foundations that were already built before. Huchuy Qosqo Trek

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